2015 - a year of highlights, news and activity

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2014-2015 annual report cover
2014-2015 annual report cover
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In this bumper final 2015 edition of Hazard News we look at some of the highlights of the year, announce a new national disaster resilience institute, and direct the reader to loads of new online research content.

News

2014-2015 annual report cover
Read all the highlights for 2014-2015 in our online annual report.
Bush at Moggs Creek in the Otways after a burn. Photo by Timothy Neale.
This is the December 2015 newsletter from the Scientific Diversity, Scientific Uncertainty and Risk Mitigation Policy and Planning project, with updates for project end-users.
Post fire field work
New publications on the website in the last month include a number of reports and journal papers.
The Spring 2015 edition of Fire Australia magazine
Research is a key focus of the Spring 2015 edition of Fire Australia magazine.
Fire weather forecaster Steven McGibbony uses the Spot Fire Forecasting course online from the Victorian Regional Forecasting Centre with Fire Weather Training Program Manager, Monica Long.
How is research being used in emergency management? A series of case studies by AFAC is unlocking some of the factors driving successful utilisation of research by the former Bushfire CRC.
The Blue Mountains fires in 2013 have provided a wealth of research data that has helped RFS change their approach to bushfire safety. Photo by Gary P Hayes, supplied by NSW RFS.
CRC research guides bushfire survival planning for NSW RFS, with changes made to community engagement based on the findings.
Dean Yibarbuk, ARPNet Co-Chair and team leader for the Gunbalanya research, recording a completed matrix activity on perceptions of natural hazard risk over time.
Research is helping remote northern communities face natural hazards. CRC researchers visited the Ngukurr community in the Top End and discovered the important role that local knowledge plays in community resilience.
John Nairn from the Bureau of Meteorology presents at the 2015 conference.
All the details you need to submit an abstract for the 2016 Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and AFAC annual conference in Brisbane.
CRC researcher, Dr Kirrilly Thompson receiving her award from CQUniveristy
Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC researchers Dr Kirrilly Thompson and Prof Kevin Ronan have been recognised by CQUniversity for their outstanding research efforts and commitment.
View of Melbourne from the Kinglake Ranges, three years after the area was devastated by Black Saturday.
In October, a large bushfire created headlines in Australia proclaiming that fire seasons are starting earlier and earlier.
Matt Hayne talks about the CRC's research utilisation plans at the RAF.
With a focus on the physical science and engineering projects, the second Research Advisory Forum for 2015 took place at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane on the 17-18 November.
Australian Institute of Disaster Resilience launch November 2015
A new approach for the delivery of emergency management education, training and professional development was launched in Brisbane today.

Blog

Economic impacts of fires
When I was first asked to be involved in the Decision support system project I was skeptical, but I am now really excited at the prospect of what the project might deliver.
Shane Turner of SA Dept Planning, Transport & Infrastructure and Erin Labadas of SA Dept Education & Child Development getting involved at a project workshop.
October and November this year provided an exciting couple of months for the Decision support system project.
Aristotle Carandang spoke about Philippines disaster education at the SHER Regional Workshop in Jakarta.
I was invited to Jakarta to share how the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC communicates its science to its partners and to the public.
Undertaking research in the Blue Mountains after the October 2013 bushfires. Photo by NSW RFS.
I am really excited that the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC has recently launched the Quick Response Fund.
Brisbane Research Advisory Forum
A retrospective look back at the year. Board changes, CRC Program Review and excitement for 2016.

In mid November the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Sustainable Volunteering cluster held a workshop to report on research progress, help develop research agendas for 2016, and identify end user utilisation needs.

Australian Institute of Disaster Resilience launch November 2015 Andrew Coghlan
At the launch of the Australian Institute of Disaster Resilience (18 November) Andrew Coghlan, from the Australian Red Cross, spoke on behalf of the consortium chosen by the Australian Government to deliver emergency management training and education.
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All the resources from our 2016 conference

Research program in detail

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2015-2016 year in review

Bushfire planning with kids ebook

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